Spitting very long aerated stitches

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Hello everyone,

This is my first time on here but I’m having terrible difficulty with ‘spitting stitches’ and the dreadful pain that comes with it.

I had a left lumpectomy and reconstruction and a right reduction approx 9 weeks ago. All went really well with the surgery, the pain post op was very well managed with morphine and paracetomol and all was healing beautifully until about 3 weeks post op when my deducted right started extruding very long serrated nylon stitches. My breast care dressings nurses have been fantastic and seeing me every few days to dress the wounds but the pain these extruding stitches have caused has been so bad I’ve had to start taking morphine again. The stitches extrude to about 4-5 inches and once out there’s no pain. The nurses gently pulled out the end of one and o had to pull the other that followed as the pain was excutiating. 
whilst extruding it caused the pain to develop along the incision site itself I suspect as it was serrated and tried to cling to the surrounding tissue. This irritation caused the incision line to open up in places and has taken longer to heal.

The left has started to heal now and no pain but about two weeks ago the same started happening to the right but the extrusion was near my central breast bone end and not under my arm this time. Again the pain is dreadful and having seen my surgeon who apologised and another consultant who sympathised but said he himself doesn’t use this type of stitch for exactly the problems I am having I’m just wondering if anyone has had this issue and why these stitches are used? I’m being measured for radiotherapy next week and am now worried I won’t be healed sufficiently for the tissues not to be more damaged than they would be if they were healed? 

Anyone else have this issue and was you radiotherapy ok because of it?

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  • Thank you for your help with this. Will do for all my questions so far